Gratitude In10sified: National Teachers' Month Marks Ten Years Of Celebrating Filipino Teachers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — National Teachers' Month or NTM celebrates its 10th anniversary with the theme "Gratitude In10sified." From September 5 to October 5, various stakeholders are encouraged to honor our teachers through the four A's of gratitude-appreciation, admiration, approval and attention.

The NTM movement started in 2008 when former DepEd secretary and current De La Salle Philippines president Br. Armin Luistro alongside Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña, resolved to heighten public consciousness through a month-long celebration in honor of our teachers. Over time, this initiative became a multi-sectoral movement, specifically engaging sectors that work closely with teachers.

Since its inception, NTM has marked several milestones. In 2011, Presidential Proclamation No. 242 was signed, formally declaring "the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers' Month." Five years later, Republic Act No. 10743 was signed, formally designating "October 5 of every year as National Teachers' Day."

10 Acts of Gratitude

This year, the NTM Coordinating Council, composed of various government agencies, educational institutions, private companies and non-government organizations, has adopted ten major activities called the "10 Acts of Gratitude" that uniquely express their appreciation for our teachers.

The 10 Acts of Gratitude are:

1. Teach For a Day:  In partnership with Teach for the Philippines, professionals will spend a day teaching with a Teach for the Philippines Fellow.

2. Teachers Day Out: Teachers will enjoy free admission and tours in various museums around Metro Manila.

3. NTM Lecture Series: One hundred fifty teachers will attend a three-day lecture series on cyber-education facilitated by SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and World Vision.

4. 39TH Manila International Book Fair: Teachers can visit the 39th Manila International Book Fair for free. They also get a chance to win prizes in the NTM booth by Metrobank Foundation.

5. Alternative National Seminar Conference: Three hundred teachers will be invited to attend a three-day conference entitled "Educator's Life Care Conversation, Artshop and Playshop Conference" hosted by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

6. Teacher Quality Forum: The Philippine Business for Education (PBED) will host a forum to highlight the state of teacher-quality in the Philippines, as well as global innovations and trends in teacher development. The forum will serve as a foundation to craft concrete policy and recommendations for raising teacher-quality in the country.

7. NTM Digital Campaign: A digital campaign will highlight the culture of gratitude for teachers on social media with official hashtags #ThankYouTeacherPH and #2018NTM.

8. "Salamat Po, Teacher" Letter Writing Campaign: The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) will promote letter-writing to show appreciation for teachers. They will also release an exclusive NTM stamp.

9. 10 Teachers, 10 Years: Rappler.com will feature 10 extraordinary teachers celebrating 10 years in service.

10. Personalities Say "Thank You": Executives, influencers, and key personalities from various companies and organizations will publicly acknowledge their mentors to promote gratitude towards our teachers.

National Teachers' Day

To culminate National Teachers' Month, the Department of Education will host a celebration for 6,000 teachers in Ormoc City, the biggest gathering so far. Themed "Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko," the Department of Education celebrates these teachers as catalysts of empowering learners to realize their potential and achieve their life goals.